The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) announced on Tuesday that schools in Mumbai will continue to remain shut till January 15, 2021, keeping in mind the COVID-19 situation in the city.
Earlier, the BMC had ordered schools to not reopen until December 31 in the wake of the pandemic.
Since the past few days, the daily case count of COVID-19 patients has been decreasing in Mumbai. However, to ensure that students’ lives are not risked, the authorities have made the decision to keep schools shut for now.
The permission to reopen schools in major cities including Mumbai, Mumbai suburbs and Thane will be notified only after consultation with the state public health department, Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad had announced earlier.
Meanwhile, Mumbai reported 537 new cases during the day, which pushed its case count to 2,92,008. The death toll in the state capital rose to 11,094 with six new fatalities. On the other hand, Maharashtra’s coronavirus caseload rose to 19,25,066 on Tuesday as it recorded 3,018 new cases. With 69 patients succumbing to the virus, the death toll in the state reached 49,373.